MoCA Museum of Contemporary Art

Video Container: Museum as Method

25 Mar - 11 May 2014

© Seth Price
Film still from Digital Video Effect: “Editions”, 2006
25 March - 11 May 2014

On March 25, the Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami (MOCA), inaugurates “Video Container: Museum as Method,” a presentation of single-channel video work by 15 contemporary artists who probe the role of the institution within artistic practice today. Part of a new MOCA video series exploring topical issues in contemporary art making, “Video Container” reflects the museum’s ongoing commitment to presenting and contextualizing experimental and critical practices, and to providing a platform for interdisciplinary media and discursive content. The program series is made possible by an endowment to the museum by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“Video Container: Museum as Method” features videos by leading contemporary artists including: Bernadette Corporation, Loretta Fahrenholz, Harun Farocki, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, General Idea, William E. Jones, Maha Maamoun, Danny McDonald, and Seth Price, among others. Ranging widely in scope from abstract shorts to long-form documentary, these videos present a new form of institutional critique and attempt to de-stabilize official geopolitical, social, and transnational histories. Videos will rotate each day to address various questions, ranging from the changing relationship between artists and institutions in post-war society to the role of the artist as interpreted through media.

On March 29, Dan Graham will participate in a conversation with Alex Gartenfeld, Interim Director and Chief Curator, where he will discuss his seminal video TWO WAY MIRROR CYLINDER INSIDE CUBE and a video salon (1992).

Admission to “Video Container” is free and open to the public thanks to the support of the Knight Foundation. “Video Container: Museum as Method” is organized by Sarah Sulistio, Curatorial Assistant, and Janice Angel, Public Programs Director, under the supervision of Alex Gartenfeld, Interim Director and Chief Curator.


March 25 & 30, April 5, 11, 17, 23, 29, May 4 & 10
How has the role of the artist been interpreted through media?
General Idea, Shut the Fuck Up, 1984 [14 min]
Seth Price, Digital Video Effects: “Editions”, 2006 [12 min]
Jaime Davidovich, The Live! Show (January 21, 1983), 1983 [22 min]

March 26, April 1, 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, May 6 & 11
How do institutions position themselves vis a vis an imagined public?
Dan Graham, Two Way Mirror Cylinder Inside Cube and a video salon, 1992 [19 min]
Bernadette Corporation, The B.C. Corporate Story, 1996 [7 min]
Sean Snyder, Exhibition, 2008 [7 min]
Andrea Fraser, Official Welcome (Hamburger Kunstverein), 2003 [30 min]

March 27, April 2, 8, 13, 19, 25, May 1 & 7
What is the significance of an institutionalized monument in today’s image-oriented economy?
Maha Maamoun, Domestic Tourism II, 2009 [62 min]
Duncan Campbell, Bernadette, 2008 [37 min]
William E. Jones, The Fall of Communism as Seen in Gay Pornography, 1998 [19 min]

March 28, April 3, 9, 15, 20, 26, May 2 & 8
How has documentary been used to represent collective histories?
Walid Raad & Jayce Salloum, Up to the South (Talaeen a Junuub), 1993 [60 min]
Thomson & Craighead, October, 2012 [14 min]
Harun Farocki, Videograms of a Revolution, 1992 [106 min]

March 29, April 4, 10, 16, 22, 27, May 3 & 9
How can video be inscribed with method of its production & distribution?
Wu Tsang, The Shape of a Right Statement, 2008 [5 min]
Loretta Fahrenholz, Grand Openings Return of the Blogs, 2012 [40 min]
Danny McDonald, The Strange Clothes Rack, 2010 [7 min]
Bernadette Corporation, Get Rid of Yourself, 2003 [61 min]

Tags: Duncan Campbell, Bernadette Corporation, Thomson & Craighead, Jaime Davidovich, Loretta Fahrenholz, Harun Farocki, Andrea Fraser, Dan Graham, General Idea, William E. Jones, Maha Maamoun, Danny Mcdonald, Seth Price, Walid Raad, Sean Snyder, Wu Tsang